Director Sam Raimi
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man returns. If you liked
the first one, you'll love the second. Even if you didn't like
the first one or haven't seen it, you'll love this one. There
are plenty of reason why this is a great movie. This movie is
about the characters not the stars that play them. I am sick of
Hollywood making movies about their stars. Troy wasn't about Troy.
It was about Brad Pitt. Brad is a good look guy, but I can careless
about him. Unfortunately most Hollywood movies are about their
larger then life stars and not the actual movie. Spider-man 2
is about spider-man not Tobey Maguire nor Kirsten Dunst or anyone
else in the cast or behind the scenes.
The movie starts off with Peter Parker running late
to his rewarding high paying job as a pizza deliveryman in New
York City. The pizza shop owner tells Parker he has to deliver
a stack of pizza some 50 blocks away in 10 minutes or he is fired.
Later that day, Parker is jobless and is again late with the rent
for his fortress of solitude studio apartment in a rundown building
next to the subway track owned by a Russian family. I have seen
shoeboxes cleaner and larger then his studio. In most movies,
the hero is always set-up with a posh living conditions and an
easy love interest; as it is in real life. Parker's theme of been
late continues in the movie. He is late for everything; from school
to seeing his love interest Mary Jane perform on Broadway. His
moonlighting duties as spider-man are causing him to lose his
mind and all his friends. Parker is force to make a change. His
crime saving duties as spider-man is making his life miserable.
While Parker is making his decisions, the villain appears in the
form of Doc Ock. In the beginning, Doc Ock. doesn't care about
the web-masked man or anyone for that matter. It isn't until Harry
Osborn; Peter Parker's best friend commissions Doc Ock. to capture
spider-man that they confront each other with anger.
There is much more to the plot of Spider-man. I
am not going into any more detail.
What makes this a great movie is the combination
of great character development, special effects and a gripping
story line. I can relate Peter Parker's character to just about
anyone; an alcohol, a successful businessman or a punk rocker.
People are faced with life changing decisions everyday. Parker
isn't asked to be the hero. He chooses to do so and his life as
Peter Parker suffer because of it. Go see the movie and loose
yourself for two hours. (Howard Van Lam)
Rating: A Must See!!!